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Ad-Hoc Report did not reflect evidence

30 January, 2013 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin Welfare Spokesperson Mickey Brady MLA has said that it is unfortunate that the ad hoc committee report into the Welfare Reform Bill did not truly reflect the evidence presented to it.

 Mr. Brady stated,

 “Sinn Féin campaigned for the ad-hoc committee to be set up due to our concerns on how the equality and human rights implications of the Welfare Reform Bill would impact on the most vulnerable.

 “During the sitting of the committee we heard evidence from many groups representing a broad section of society.  These groups included The Council for Ethnic Minorities, Disability Action, Mencap, mental health charity NIAMH, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and the Welfare Reform Group, to name a few.

 “Each and every one of these groups highlighted issues that impacted on the equality and human rights of the people they represented and raised serious questions about the legality of this bill.

 “The report presented to the Assembly did not reflect these opinions in a strong enough manner for Sinn Féin to support.  We are determined to ensure that the most vulnerable in our society are protected from this draconian bill, which is more an attack on the poor than British Tory claims that it’s tackling the causes of poverty.

 “We will continue to oppose this bill until we are satisfied that the changes that are made will ensure that the rights of the most vulnerable people are protected.”

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